Robert Arthur Meesig, 83, of Amherst, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at his home, following a lengthy illness.
He was born April 28, 1929, in Lorain.
Robert was a lifetime resident of Amherst and graduated from Amherst High School in the class of 1947. He continued his education graduating from Baldwin Wallace College.
Robert proudly served as an air traffic controller in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. While serving in Japan, he received the Korean Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and the United Nations Service Medal.
He was employed as a computer programmer at TRW, formerly Nelson Stud Welding, before taking early retirement to care for his wife.
Robert was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Amherst. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1662 and Fraternal Order of the Eagles Aerie 1442, both of Amherst.
Robert was a former member of the Amherst school board for many years and served on the Amherst Veterans Military Honor Guard.
His hobbies included gardening, golf, and working on cars.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Roberta Meesig (nee Diedrick); daughters Deborah Meesig of Columbus, Marla Sas and her husband Edward of Amherst, Joanne Downs and her husband David of Ham Lake, Minn., Amanda Ferry and her husband William of Bay Village; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur Paul and Helen Meesig (nee Nugent).
Services were held Saturday, Feb. 2 at Hempel Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian burial was held at St. Joseph Church in Amherst with the Rev. Fr. Michael Denk officiating.
Full military honors were performed by the Amherst Veterans Military Honor Guard. Burial was at St. Joseph Cemetery, Amherst.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Animal Protective League, 8303 Murray Ridge Rd., Elyria, OH 44035.
Additional information and online register book are available at www.hempelfuneralhome.com.
Hempel Funeral Home - Amherst
373 Cleveland Avenue Amherst, OH 44001
Published in The Amherst News-Times on Feb. 7, 2013